RENI Maitua's first game for Parramatta was in a pink jersey and his last game at Parramatta was in a pink jersey.
But there was one constant in his 52 games at Parramatta: the blue and gold army.
The 31-year-old (pictured) was full of praise for Eels faithful who turned up to watch Monday night's win against St George Illawarra.
"When we turned out for warm-up I was worried because I didn't think too many people would turn up, but when we ran out, all the die-hards had turned up and they've been faithful to us all year," he said.
"Hopefully, they're grateful for the win, and I will remember it as well."
Maitua will wear the No.6 jersey in his final game in the blue and gold on Sunday against Newcastle. The Eels will be searching for back-to-back wins for the first time this year.
Maitua said he will prepare for his final game like he does any other game.
"My game day ritual is pretty simple," he said. "I have an early breakfast and have a sleep, watch a movie.
"I try and keep my focus off the game until probably two hours before the game.
"I set simple goals like no missed tackles, metres made, and try to stick to them, because if you have too many goals it can confuse you and affect your performance."
Maitua said the Eels have a promising future with no less than eight debutantes in 2013.
He nominated backrower Kelepi Tanginoa as one to watch in 2014.